Historic American Beach Readies for Legacy Awards Honoring Cole and Other Celebrity Guest Headline

Dr. Johnetta Cole

The community is invited to join historic American Beach residents for The A.L. Lewis Legacy Awards honoring the life and accomplishments of Dr. Johnnetta Betsch Cole, great-granddaughter of American Beach co-founder, Abraham Lincoln Lewis.

From September 5th – 8th, the planned agenda includes tours of the museum, performances and special guest guests.

The American Beach Museum has grown into one of Florida’s most significant African-American museums. Festivities will commemorate the museums fifth anniversary and celebrate the future of the museum. Museum goers will get a glimpse of American Beach during the Jim Crow era and step inside the lives of African Americans who lived and played here. Exhibits include A. L. Lewis, the founder of the Afro-American Life Insurance Company, his great-granddaughter “The Beach Lady” and her efforts to preserve the beach.

Festivities will kick off on Thursday,  September 5th with the A.L. Lewis legacy Awards honoring Dr. Johnetta Cole. Hosted by award-winning actor, director and activist, Danny Glover, the black tie event includes a jazz performance, dramatic reading, guest tributes and a special performance by vocalist Alyson Williams.

On Friday, September 6th, High Tea will take place at the Ritz Carlton with the theme of, “In Spirit with sister President Dr. Betsch Cole,” in conversation with ESSENCE Icon, Susan Taylor. There will also be a “Quest for Justice” dialogue with Judge Henry Lee Adams Jr. interviewed by Judge Brian J. Davis on Saturday, September 7th from 12 p.m. – 2 p.m. at the American Beach Community Center and Museum.

The celebration comes to a close on Sunday September 8th with an American Beach Community worship Service from 10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. at Franklintown Community Church. Free museum tours will be held after workshop service from 2 – 5 p.m.

For tickets and more info visit https://americanbeachmuseum.org/5th-anniversary-celebration/

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